Ethnic groups in Asia
Kazakhstan further loosened cultural ties with its former political masters in Moscow yesterday when a ban on speaking Russian in cabinet meetings took effect - despite many ministers favouring that language over their native Kazakh.
The U.S. actions in Syria are aimed at partitioning the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergi Lavrov has said, accusing Washington of using the Kurdish forces to undermine Syria’s territorial integrity.
Turkey has for years been embroiled in turmoil, which has only intensified after the failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016.
Antagonism between the country's Kemalists and Islamists has escalated into an all-out confrontation. Meanwhile, the ultranationalist party can be seen swinging between the two camps.
The launch of Ankara's military campaign against the Kurds in Syria - with Friday's assault on the enclave of Afrin - in combination with the Turkish foreign minister's recent threats to cancel the country's agreement with the European Union for the return of migrants if Brussels doesn't open its arms to Turkey, should cause concern.
Forty-two Syrian people, including 31 children, were found to have entered Turkey illegally and detained on Dec. 2.
The Turkish government is dissatisfied with the information provided by the United States with regards to the content, purpose, deadline and transparency of arms support provided by the Pentagon to the Syrian Kurds, according to assessments made in Ankara.
Turkey has extradited two Russian spies in exchange for two Crimean Tatar politicians jailed in Russia, daily Habertürk reported on Nov. 29.